Bald Blackbird

Can anyone tell me what the problem is with this odd looking Blackbird?

It was moving and and feeding ok  it just looked a bit strange

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  • I had a robin last year just like that Janner, it also fed and flew OK and after quite a while it was starting to grow feathers again. Hopefully it fully recovered but of course I can't be sure. I think it is a mite of some sort that attacks them, perhaps someone else will post more info for you.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    I'm pretty sure I've seen this either on another post in the forums or read it somewhere. I think it's something to do with moulting. Either that it is currently moulting or that it needs to start moulting soon! I'll see if I can find where I read about this...

    Gus

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  • In reply to Gus R:

    No, I can't find it. It was something about how moulting can negatively affect a bird and then it said the only negative thing about moulting for this Robin is its looks, and had a picture of a Robin with the same balding problem as your Blackbird. I found this on the RSPB website thoug: "The gradual replacement of feathers in young birds can lead to some strange looking individuals: blackbirds which look sleek and dark, except for a spotty brown head (the last feathers to moult), or starlings which have gained a white-spotted winter plumage on their bodies but still have the pale brown head of a youngster." Hope some of this helped. I'm not really expert enough to give a confident answer so maybe wait until someone more sure gives an answer!

    Gus

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  • In reply to Gus R:

    Thank you for your replies they are most interesting I will do a bit more research on the subject. Regards

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  • In reply to Janner:

    It could be suffering from mites.

    Pete

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  • I had this young jackdaw today. Hope it's ok?

  • In reply to flipper:

    I have still not come up with a definitive answer as to what is the problem, It is interesting to see your photo's of the jackdaw after not ever seeing this before now seeing a second bird with the same problem in less than a week.

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  • In reply to Janner:

    In 3 years of feeding the birds,it's the first time I've seen anything like this.

    P.s. You have this question as answered. Maybe you might get some more posts,if you reverse this

  • In reply to flipper:

    I would agree with Seaman that it is mites. Here's a GT from this morning. The feathers will grow back.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • I was once told it is because they are out of condition after the breeding season. Seems feasible.